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28 July 2011
WILLIAMS ON HIS WAY
Popular defender Chris Williams has been given permission to speak to other clubs. The young player is based in Anglesey and the tame taken travelling to and from the Island has been a major factor in the decision to let the player go. Williams played 29+6 matches for the club last season. Apparently as part of the agreement to let him leave Williams would be able to return to Chester on a free transfer in 2012.

Williams told the official club website: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Chester FC for all the support I have received, and also thank the supporters who have always made me feel welcome. I wish the club all the best for the upcoming season and hope they gain another promotion.”

Picture © Evening Leader

27 July 2011
WILDE INJURY BLOW
Striker Michael Wilde is expected to be out for several weeks after fracturing a collarbone in last night’s 3-0 home friendly defeat by Conference Premier side Southport.

Wilde told The Chester Chronicle: “It would be a stab in the dark if I was to guess when I’ll be back. It’s a massive blow for me personally. The excitement was building and the team was bonding well, but something like this really sets you back. But I’ve got to try to stay positive. I’ll set myself some goals and try to recover as quickly as I can, without being too hasty.”

“I’m in no-man’s land. I feel rough at the moment and I don’t know which way to turn with it.”

Manager Neil Young described the defeat to the Sandgrounders as the worst performance since he took the manager’s position at Chester. The Blues started brightly but the visitors soon began to dominate and opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time with a well taken goal from Matt Walwyn.

Further goals from Steve Daly and Jack McCormack in the second period extended Southport’s lead and they ran out comfortable winners.

Picture © Evening Leader

25 July 2011
HESWALL FRIENDLY
Following the postponement of the Stockport County match, the Blues will now travel to Heswall on Saturday for a friendly that will kick-off at 15:00hrs. The next home match is at 15:00hrs on Saturday 6 August when Bangor City will be the visitors.

Pre-season matches

SEASON TICKETS
The club have sold over 950 season tickets for next season, a great achievement. Tickets will be available for collection after Tuesday night’s home friendly against Southport. The office is open from 10:00-16:00hrs this week for those who wish to buy season tickets which can be paid for via cash, cheque, debit or credit card (please note a 4% admin fee will be applied to credit card purchases).
24 July 2011
RAINFORD OPENS HIS ACCOUNT
Striker Jamie Rainford scored on his debut as Chester scored three second half goal to eventually run out comfortable winners over Airbus UK in front of over 1,000 fans on Friday night. After a goalless first 45 minutes, Jerome Wright opened the scoring with a lob from the edge of the box.

The Blues doubled their lead when captain George Horan headed home from a Wright cross on 75 minutes and the scoring was completed a minute later with Rainford converting a Michael Wilde cross from close range.

Picture © Evening Leader

20 July 2011
BRACE FOR WILDE
Two goals from Michael Wilde and another from Jerome Wright gave Chester a 3-1 win at West Kirby last night in a behind closed doors practice match.

18 July 2011
CUP JOY FOR CHESTER
Chester fought back to win the Supporters Direct Cup as they overcame FC United of Manchester 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. Trailing to a first half goal from Lee Neville, the blues struck twice in the last nine minutes to claim the silverware as a stunning long range goal from 16-year-old midfielder Joe Ormrod brought the sides level before Alex Brown scored from close range to win this niggly match. Ormrod had been given his chance afatre striker Michael Wilde was asked to leave the pitch following a bust-up with FC United captain Kyle Jacobs.


Picture © Evening Leader


FRIENDLY CHANGES
The club will play Airbus UK this coming Friday night at Chester, kick-off 19:30hrs. Admission prices are: adults £5.00, Concessions £3.00, Under 16’s £1.00 both the main stand and the Harry McNally Terrace will be open for the match. This game replaces the fixture against Fleetwood Town that was due to take place the following day. Following a change of management at Stockport County the home game scheduled against them has been postponed by the east Cheshire side.

Pre-season matches


13 July 2011
HOME START FOR BLUES
Chester will kick-off the new season on 13 August with a home match against Rushall Olympic, this is followed by a trip to Burscough the Wednesday after. The Blues end the season on 21 April with a home game against Marine.

Fixtures


BLUES START WITH A WIN
A great goal from Wes Baynes gave Chester a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers last night in the opening match of their pre-season campaign.

Match report

12 July 2011
PRE-SEASON CAMPAIGN STARTS TONIGHT
Chester begin their pre-season campaign with a home match against Tranmere Rovers tonight. The game kick’s-off at an earlier than normal time of 19:00hrs, admission charges are: adults £10.00, Concessions £7.00, Under 16’s £3.00.

Midfielder Robbie Booth is doubtful for the match after injuring an ankle in training while captain George Horan is expected to play some part despite picking up a head injury. New signing Jamie Rainford also misses out as the club don’t want to risk him following a minor operation in May and Ashley Williams returns from holiday today but not in time to make an appearance.

Supporters will be able to enjoy an alcoholic drink inside the stadium tonight as the club start a trial of this new venture as bottles of lager will go on sale from the kiosks inside the ground for the pre-season matches. Should the trial prove a success then it will be extended into the new season starting in August.

Blues general manager Pat Cluskey told the Chester Chronicle: "When we went away from home last season one noticeable feature was fans could have a drink while watching the game.

“At the level of football we’re playing at it is permitted until the Blue Square Premier. We’ve spoken to the licensing authority and from Tuesday we will have bottled alcohol on sale at the Exacta Stadium.”

“It will be a trial basis. The future of it depends on the fans being sensible. As long as there are no problems we hope to continue it.”

Tranmere will be sending a full strength squad for the match and are expected to field a different side in each half. For those who can’t make it Blues Live will once again be streaming online commentary.

Pre-season matches | Blues Live broadcast stream

FIXTURES OUT TOMORROW
The fixtures for the 2011/12 Evo-Stik Premier League will be issued at 09.00hrs tomorrow morning.


8 July 2011
FA TROPHY
Chester have received a home tie against fellow Evo-Stik Premier League side Ashton United in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy. The tie will take place on Saturday 22 October. The winners will receive £2,200 in prize money.

4 July 2011
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
The club have announced admission prices for the pre-season matches. They are:

Tranmere Rovers: Adults £10.00, Concessions £7.00, Under 16’s £3.00
FC United of Manchester (Includes donation to Supporters Direct): Adults £10.00, Concessions £7.00, Under 16’s £4.00
Fleetwood Town: Adults and Concessions £5.00, Under 16’s £1.00
Southport: Adults and Concessions £5.00, Under 16’s £1.00
Stockport County: Adults £7.00, Concessions £5.00, Under 16’s £1.00
Hyde United: Adults £5.00 and Concessions £5.00, Under 16’s £1.00

Pre-season matches


3 July 2011
FA TROPHY DATES
Chester will know their FA Trophy opponents this Friday when the first qualifying round fixtures are published. The match will take place on Saturday 22 October. The full league fixtures are released at 09.00hrs on 13 July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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